The month of February is LGBTQ+ history month. This month is very important to the LGBTQ+ community; we remember those who paved the way for us to have the equality that we have today, as well as looking at what steps need to be taken to further reach equality.
As a student’s union, we have been planning some activities for all students to take part in throughout the month. We have chosen 4 different LGBTQ+ charities for each week of February. We will focus on one of these charities weekly, and will be raising awareness for what they stand for.
Our first week will be Stonewall, which is a massive international charity that helps improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people across the globe. In this first week we want to start off with some fun activities.
Our second week will focus on those who have lost their lives fighting for LGBTQ+ equality. We will also be raising awareness for Rainbow Noir, a LGBTQ+ charity focused on celebrating the platform of POC and allowing their voice to be heard greater in the community. These activities will be accompanied by some LGBTQ+ consent training.
Week three will be focused on raising awareness for AKT. This charity focuses on LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, as well as ensuring those in dangerous living conditions can get safe emergency housing.
In the final week we will be raising awareness for the Mermaids charity. This organisation focuses on ensuring that transgender equality is achieved at the same rate as the rest of the LGBTQ+ community.
We will be having activities such as a bake-off – so make sure you get your ingredients ready. We will also be having a bingo and a RuPaul’s Drag Race UK watch party. All these events will be fully inclusive so you don’t have to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community to take part.
Make sure you keep an eye out on the SU social media pages as we will be having some special guests announcing some events and guest-speakers across the month. Let’s make sure this month is a special one.
If you have any ideas for the month or just generally have any questions or concerns about student life you can contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or on my Instagram @kieranbason98